I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am a guitarist, composer, arranger, director and music producer. I'm a recording and mixing engineer, based in my studio in downtown Buenos Aires. In the last 20 years, in addition to live performances, workshops seminars and recordings, I have scored music for films and theatre
I played in metal, indie, pop, rock and theatre plays in Buenos Aires, Argentina
In venues such as Luna Park Stadium and Gran Rex theatre, among others.
I produced records and theatre shows, and scored film music
I am currently producing and mixing new bands. Porfolio available in
I am currently available for the following services:
-Producing international Rock, Pop, Indie, R&B, Trap, Metal, artists
-Composing Original SoundTracks for film and theatre
-Recording Guitars, Keyboards/Synths. Replacing/Mixing drum tracks with top quality industry Standards.
-Mixing and mastering services to distance. Meetings via Skype, Stems sent via personal FTP service.
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Interview with Mariano Herraiz
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is located in downtown Buenos Aires and is set with 12 channels, tracking room has acoustic treatment, and includes Guitars, Basses, an upright piano and a vintage jazz drum set.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: An Electronic Tango project involving playing producing and mixing, producing a Trap/HipHip artist, and producing recording and mixing two records, from two artists, a male songwriter towards Rock, and a female NeoSoul soloist as well.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been playing and producing music for about 20 years now, and I will keep doing it all my life.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Do we have electricity in the desert island? I assume not! So it would all be acoustic stuff, no gear! xD
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I mixed a collaboration of amazing artists here in Argentina and Uruguay featuring Javier Malosetti, Daniel Maza, Ariel Prat and many others. Epiphanic.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes. Cana San Martin is an AMAZING mastering engineering. Check him out!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: It is definitely NOT one or the other, because we all love great stuff done by artists and engineers in either both.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will not do something that I do not know how to do. Whatever you are ordering has been done several times before.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being a synergetic bridge between technology and music resulting in a creative product.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Which DAW do I work on? Ableton Live for sound design ProTools for mixing
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It depends on what I do: whether composing, mixing or producing. Misconception about producing would be thinking that production necessarily covers the whole techincal aspect. This only happens when there are budget limitations.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Does anyone else make decisions other than you? Do we respond/report to a label or an A&R? Is there any technical input you'd like to provide to what you are sending?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: No one else should care about and cherish more your music than yourself. Be as professional as you can, and if you are not, fake it till the point I don't realize if you're not.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Based on the best the classics left for us, and constantly evolving. Always fusioning, never imitating.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jacob Collier comes to mind right now. The guy is just so full of life.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If you are working with an artist, make your best effort to turn to them and away from the screen or whatever gear you're on, the most you can. If you are working alone, try to listen without looking at the screen, and if possible, take a listen with your eyes closed.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, R&B, Soul, Jazz bands, currently. Also many trap solo artists.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Making decisions on the fly and making the best out of the situation, especially when it comes to limited resources (time, gear, human resources)
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: As a producer, I try to interpret and emphasize/amplify whatever the intention is. As a composer/arranger, bring to life something that did not exist before. As a mixing engineer, I think it is important not to bring to a song what it does not need as a result of our subjective projections.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It varies from a situation to another. I like to take rests and I care for the mood and atmosphere, even when I don´t have to work with the artists in the house, because of how much I believe it affects the music it´s being created.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Amazing recording engineers like Bob Clearmountain and producers like Nigel Godrich French electronic groups like Air, L´Imperatrice, Justice Currently listening to Ryuichi Sakamoto, Chilly Gonzales, and plenty of latin american trap music among other things.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My workflow tipically consists in working with the artist on what the music might need. No matter if that is producing, taping or replacing new arrangements, mixing or mastering, my goal is to deliver a result in order to increase the music quality, or to make music exist for a specific situation.